NEW YORK (AP) -- Center Brook Lopez has agreed to an extension with the Brooklyn Nets.
Unable to work a trade with Orlando for Dwight Howard, the Nets used the first day contracts could be signed to get a deal done with their current center.
Lopez had been linked to the Magic in trade talks for months, but now knows he will at least begin the season in Brooklyn. He is ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms have not been announced, said the deal is worth 60 million.
"Brook Lopez is one of the top young centers in the NBA," Nets general manager Billy King said. "We have witnessed his growth as a player over the past four years, and are very pleased that he will remain in a Nets uniform as we begin our new era in Brooklyn."
Lopez was limited to five games last season because of injuries, averaging 19.2 points. He had appeared in 82 games in each of his first two N...